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Callum Smith v Nieky Holzken: Liverpool fighter confident of booking George Groves showdown despite late change

Callum Smith will fight live on talkSPORT Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Callum Smith insists a late change of opponent won’t derail his attempts to reach the World Boxing Super Series final. The Liverpool super-middleweight will face little-known Dutchman Nieky Holzken in Nuremberg on Saturday night after Jurgen Braehmer withdrew due to illness. Having prepared for months to face a southpaw in Braehmer, the 27-year-old and trainer Joe Gallagher now have just days to come up with a new game plan. But Smith – bidding to set up an all-British final against WBA…

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Boxing news: Callum Smith to fight undefeated Nieky Holzken after Juergen Braehmer pulls out with illness

Undefeated Dutch super middleweight Nieky Holzken has replaced Juergen Braehmer as Callum Smith’s opponent in Saturday’s World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight semi-final. German veteran Braehmer has been forced to withdraw from the Ali Trophy bout in Nuremberg – which is LIVE on talkSPORT – due to illness. READ MORE: Jurgen Braehmer pulls out of World Boxing Super Series semi-final fight with Callum Smith The 39-year-old has been suffering from influenza and revealed he would be unable to compete against Smith at the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung. “I have been battling a feverish infection since Sunday,” said…

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Scotland: Walter Smith rules out national manager's job return

Walter Smith has ruled himself out of the running to become the next Scotland manager. Smith, 69, previously held the role and was being considered for a return by the Scottish FA. It is believed the former Rangers and Everton boss was not offered the position but ruled himself out after talks with the governing body. Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill last month turned down the chance to manage Scotland. Mackay among names in frame for Scotland manager SFA ‘should ask Clarke Scotland question’ What issues will face new SFA…

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Matt Smith: From Prince Philip to Charles Manson

After starring on screen as Doctor Who and Prince Philip, actor Matt Smith’s next role will be as cult leader Charles Manson. The British actor, who played the Duke of Edinburgh in The Crown, will now portray Manson in a film called Charlie Says, according to Hollywood Reporter. Manson directed his followers to commit a string of brutal murders in 1969. He died last November. Charlie Says will focus on three young women who were found guilty of murder. The convicted followers were sentenced to death alongside Manson for the…

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Postscript: Gossip From the Liz Smith Memorial, Just the Way She’d Want It

Advertisement “I am a garbage pail,” the gossip columnist Liz Smith once said. “My best stories come from other newspaper people and media people. My best stories come from people at The New York Times and CBS and NBC and ABC and Time and Newsweek. People who are frustrated by what they know and don’t have a place to print.” Her favorite foods were fried, her favorite exercise was none, and when she dined at restaurants — which was pretty much all the time — she left inordinately large tips,…

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The Fall singer Mark E Smith dies

The Fall singer Mark E Smith has died aged 60, the band’s manager has said. Pam Van Damned said the frontman died at home on Wednesday morning and a more detailed statement would follow “in the next few days”. “In the meantime, Pam and Mark’s family request privacy at this sad time,” the statement said. Paying tribute, Smith’s former bandmate Marc Riley said the singer “taught me a lot about life and he taught me a lot about music”. Riley, now a radio DJ, was on air on BBC 6…

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Sam Smith shares his body image struggles: 'I think men should talk about it more'

Sam Smith is renowned for sharing his thoughts and emotions openly with fans. Now, in an interview with V Magazine, the 25-year-old Too Good at Goodbyes singer spoke candidly about past struggles and making peace with his body image. Interviewed by friend, Sarah Jessica Parker, as the cover-star for the publication’s spring issue, Smith said that he feels “completely different” about himself as opposed to two years ago because of his noticeable weight loss. Sam Smith in New York. Photo: Victoria Will “When I was shooting my first music videos I wasn’t happy…

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